Isaias Quiroz hit a broken-bat single to plate the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Indians (2-0) handled the visiting Dust Devils (0-2) 5-3 on Thursday.
Diosbel Arias went 3 for 4 with an RBI and run and Cristian Inoa went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Starter Seth Nordlin struck out eight over 6.1 innings and allowed three runs in seven hits and a walk. Emmanuel Clase (1-1) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts over two shutout innings.
The Big Play: Quiroz’ liner couldn’t have been hit more softly and if the infield was at normal depth it probably would have been a double play.
The Good: Arias. He keeps hitting and his average is up to .348.
The Bad: Starling Joseph went 0 for 3 in the No. 9 hole.
The Ugly: J.P. Martinez went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
The Takeaway: Hasuan Viera – who hadn’t played since Monday and had just 26 at-bats in the month – drew a walk to load the bases in the eighth before Quiroz’ big hit.
“He’s got a great eye up there,” Quiroz said. “He’s a guy that’s a team guy. He’s always up there giving the team good at-bats. Credit to him.”
Next Game: Indians vs. Tri-City on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Avista Stadium.
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